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World Can't Wait and others are responding to the killings yesterday in Afghanistan that at least one US Army staff sergeant is alleged to have carried out. 16 Afghan civilians including children were killed inside homes, in 2 villages, in completely unprovoked aggression, according to witnesses.
Here, villagers protest outside the U.S. base in the Panjwai District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
War Criminals Watch is participating in Left Forum at Pace University, 3/16-18.
We will be presenting two great panels:
I've been hearing, since Obama's remarks this week that, "The one thing we have not done is we have not launched a war" on Iran, that Barack Obama doesn't "want" a war. That could be true.
But every speech he has given on about Iran shows the one thing he won't give up on: domination of Iran, and the whole region. If that takes war, then, Obama says, he will wage it. He said to the AIPAC meeting a few days ago,
"Iran’s leaders should understand that I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And as I have made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests."
In the 3 years Barack Obama has been commander in chief of the US empire, a lot of people have been impressed with Obama's way with words; partly because of the noticeable contrast with with George Bush's practiced malapropisms and deliberate mispronunciations (i.e. "NUKE u lar").
But look closer at Obama's words, and, even more importantly, his actions, to determine how people who care about humanity assess this president.
The Manning prosecution is a tragic miscarriage of justice. US officials are highly embarrassed by what Manning exposed and are shooting the messenger. As Glen Greenwald, the terrific Salon writer, has observed, President Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers for espionage than all other presidents combined.
Drop All Charges Against Bradley Manning! from Veterans for Peace
“Where is the justice?” asks Gerry Condon, a Board member of Veterans For Peace. “The Army is shirking its duty to punish soldiers who have committed rape and murder. Yet they are trying to destroy the life of Bradley Manning, who has not harmed a hair on a person's head.”
With multiple media partners, including Rolling Stone, Wikileaks is releasing 5 million emails from the private security company Stratfor. Michael Hastings (whose article led to the firing of General McChrystal from commanding in Afghanistan), writes in Homeland Security Kept Tabs on Occupy Wall Street:
Aggressive war, against a country that has not attacked the aggressor country, is the supreme war crime. We said it on February 4 across the nation. I talked about it outside the US Mission to the UN (see video).
We won't stop saying it. Here's another chance:
Sunday March 4 in Washington, D.C., when President Obama speaks at the 2012 Convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, we'll be there, with a visible anti-war protest, along with Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, and the Occupy movement.
The war criminals are picking up their touring in March: Bush, Rice, Rove and Yoo are all on the speaker circuit. So is McChrystal and there's already a big protest planned when he speaks in Baltimore on 3/27.CA and FL are going to be busy, busy - so take a look. Indianapolis, NYC, DC, Honolulu and Austin will also be visited.John Yoo has 4 CA appearances. If you plan any protest, please let us know so we may help you publicize and organize it. Downloadable posters are available on our website. www.warcriminalswatch.org
March 2012 War Criminal Appearances - See our webpage for details about each date.
3/7/12 – Indianapolis IN
ACT Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement!
Tuesday, February 28 • Union Square 4 pm-Gather; 5 pm-Rally; 6 pm-March
Around the world and in every walk of life, people were heartened by the rise of the Occupy Movement. In NYC and in almost a thousand US cities people broke through the confines of "protest as usual" and declared "the empire has no clothes!" A new kind of community in public space was created. Big questions were raised about what kind of society this is and what it should be.
When World Can't Wait was started in 2005, we issued the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime, which said in part: "That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn - or be forced - to accept."
This is a lesson which has been learned by people throughout history and around the world, including throughout the Middle East now, and must be understood by people in this country as well.
The US Army last week scheduled a formal arraignment hearing for PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower. The arraignment is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST, February 23, 2012 at Fort Meade, Maryland, just northeast of Washington DC. While the hearing itself is expected to be brief, PFC Manning is expected to be present, and the proceedings are open to the media and public. Washington DC area supporters of the Support Network are encouraged to attend the arraignment.
Court Martial expected in May
Words of a man cleared for release - yet still locked away in Guantánamo:
Shaker [Aamer] also explained that he "does not expect President Obama to do anything better than his predecessor, President Bush. Presidents are, he thinks, hemmed in by the powers that surround them." In his own words, “The White House is a straitjacket. You just wear it.”
-from 10 Years in Guantánamo: British Resident Shaker Aamer, Cleared for Release But Still Held by Andy Worthington
Yesterday, approximately fifty people including students from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) along with members of Occupy Wall Street, Veterans For Peace, War Resisters League and World Can't Wait shut down three military recruiting stations that are situated within one block from BMCC and Stuyvesant High School on Chambers St. in Manhattan. Students and others gathered outside the gates of BMCC on Wednesday morning demanding “Stop the Wars, Stop the Recruiters!”
Make Tuesday F28 a Day of Mass Action Everywhere; Stand with Occupy. STOP the Suppression of the Occupy Movement!
World Can't Wait is supporting the Call for Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement. It's not only the barricades and batons, constant surveillance, mass arrests, and escalating charges against occupiers. It's the fact that these occupations have been pushed and beaten from public squares, and squeezed into the margins.
Don't wait for "something" to happen in the spring. Join the F28 actions now:
UC Davis November 2011
Protest the War President
02.16.2012 - 02.16.2012 17.00
Nob Hill Masonic Center - 1111 California Street San Francisco
In Air America: Under the Imperial Eye, Chris Floyd reports on the recent revelation that Iraq's supposedly "sovereign airspace" is constantly under surveillance by a network of drones operated by the State Department. Apparently the only reason this news came to light is because of a publicly available government appeal for private bids on the project. Neither we nor Iraqis were meant to know:
"Iraqis were outraged this week to find they are being spied upon by a fleet of American drones hovering constantly in their supposedly sovereign skies, long after the supposed withdrawal of American forces."
I know I am not the only one to experience déjà vu over the Obama administration's assessment of threats by Iran to the US. James Clapper, Obama's top intelligence officer stated as fact yesterday, according to the New York Times, that:
“some Iranian officials — probably including supreme leader Ali Khamenei — have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime.”
|Congratulations to Director James Spione and Ethan McCord. Ethan is the subject of the film Incident in New Baghdad, nominated for an Academy Award in documentary film.|
Saturday, Oakland police in riot gear fired smoke, tear gas, flash bang grenades and rubber bullets at Occupy Oakland protesters trying to take a vacant building this afternoon. Near the Oakland Museum of California, demonstrators had planned to take a building nearby and make it a headquarters. But, police were prepared to stop then from occupying the vacant building. More from Kevin Gostzola in Mass Arrest of Occupy Oakland Protesters After Police Fire Various Weapons.
Sunday night, there were solidarity marches in dozens of cities.
Many hundreds of you took the Quiz: Iran, Who is the Real Threat? The percentage of people who got all 7 correct answers from last week's results is 26%, which is much better than the general public. If you regular readers gave us your mailing address, expect a prize in the mail soon.
Calling artists and designers. We would like you to design a great leaflet for our Iran quiz. Please send us your layout at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks!
Political debate in the United States over recent weeks has increasingly focused on when, not if, sanctions and military action will be launched against Iran. How informed are you about the situation?
Please answer all questions.
In 2007, when the Bush regime was threatening to attack Iran, with substantially the same justification that the U.S. is now using to impose sanctions, carry out secret operations, and prepare the population for more war, World Can't Wait made a quiz. We administered it on dozens of college campuses, and on street corners.
I'm writing in the hope that you might be able to publicize the new "Close Guantanamo" campaign, and specifically the petition calling on President Obama to close Guantanamo, which is on the White House's "We the People" website.
The petition is here:https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/close-guantanamo-now/6cMPlxQw
We're seeking to secure 25,000 signatures by February 6, so please, if this concerns you, sign the petition, publicize it, and tell ten of your friends and relations to sign it. With your help, we can reach our target, I'm sure!
This week, more than a dozen anti-war organizations responded to a call by World Can't Wait to plan for a day of Mass Action against war or on sanctions on Iran. We united on a day, Saturday February 4, for the first action, and a simple set of demands:
Sometimes an event breaks into the mainstream media that reveals the truly brutal, oppressive nature of the armed forces of the US and the wars they are fighting. At a moment when we are being told by the oh-so-rational and humane administration of Barack Obama and Co. that we must line up behind a new aggressive war against an oil-producing Central Asian country, the recently released video of US soldiers urinating on Afghan corpses has exposed the way "our" soldiers view the entire population of the region: as subhuman.
Now we must challenge Americans to not look away from these terrible images, but absorb what these incidents tell us about the essence of what is still happening in our names: unjust, illegitimate violence unleashed by the most powerful against some of the poorest people on the planet.
Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, New York 300+ cities: Without doubt, last week saw the largest protests yet against the torture and detention policies of the US in Washington, DC.
When Iranian director Asghar Farhadi received the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Film Sunday night, he said:
When I was coming up on the stage, I was thinking what should I say here. Should I say something about my mother, father, my kind wife, my daughters, my dear friends, my great and lovely crew. But now I just prefer to say something about my people. I think they are a truly peace-loving people. Thank you very much.
Yesterday in Washington, we massed in front of all 3 branches of the government reported to represent "freedom and democracy for all." About 800 of us marched from the White House, past the Department of Justice, and stood in front of the Supreme Court, opposite the Capitol. Amnesty International brought a lot of students.
“Close Guantánamo” Campaign and Website Launches:
Retired Military Personnel, Lawyers Call for the Closure of Guantánamo After 10 Years
For the 10th anniversary of the opening of the “war on terror” prison at
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (on Jan. 11), a group of retired military personnel
and lawyers are calling on President Obama to honor his promise to close
the prison, which he made when he took office in January 2009.
Signatories to the mission statement for the “Close Guantánamo” campaign
include: Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Chief of Staff to former Secretary of
State Colin Powell; the Hon. John J. Gibbons, former Chief Judge, U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Gen. David M. Brahms (Ret.); Rear
Adm. Donald J. Guter (Ret.); Rear Adm. John D. Hutson (Ret.); Col. Morris
Davis, former chief prosecutor for the Military Commissions at Guantánamo;
and several lawyers who have been involved in the litigation involving